SMART GRID: Xcel Energy is helping lead efforts in Minnesota to modernize the state’s power grid, recently proposing a new software platform and to build an energy storage system instead of a substation. (Midwest Energy News)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin’s environmental agency authorizes a Georgia timber company’s plan to fill more than 16 acres of wetlands in order to build a $65 million frac sand facility. (LaCrosse Tribune)

***SPONSORED LINK: Smart Cities Technologies in Wisconsin is taking place on June 6 in Milwaukee. Organized by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the City of Milwaukee, this workshop will explore how cities like Milwaukee are adopting Smart Cities Technologies. Register before June 2. ***

PIPELINES: A federal judge dismisses a civil suit against the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and four others for allegedly impeding construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR: Plans move forward for what will be the fourth and fifth solar gardens built in Winona County, Minnesota. (Winona Daily News) 

OIL AND GAS: An attorney says thousands of emails deleted by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division could constitute a felony for destroying public records. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• Advocates are concerned about potential flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and the risk posed to coal ash storage sites. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Two Illinois colleges are set to open a coal mining safety training program. (Southern Illinoisan)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford says it will invest $350 million at a Michigan plant that builds transmissions that can help achieve better fuel efficiency. (Associated Press)

ADVOCACY: A Minnesota resident is recognized by the national chapter of the Sierra Club for her advocacy work on ending the use of fossil fuels. (St. Cloud Times)

BIOFUELS:
• A Danish company plans to invest another $36 million in its eastern Nebraska ethanol plant, seeing continued growth in the sector. (Omaha World-Herald)
• The Biotechnology Innovation Organization calls on the U.S. EPA to “improve its implementation” of the Renewable Fuel Standard and offers a series of recommendations. (Biofuels Digest)

CLIMATE: Sixty-one percent of Americans say the U.S. should remain in the Paris climate agreement, according to a recent poll. (Huffington Post)

COMMENTARY: A solar advocate says Illinois is among states that are finding “innovative ways to overcome the barriers that face low-income families in being able to access clean-energy resources.” (Governing)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest incorrectly stated the amount of solar projects NRG has completed in Minnesota. It is 32 MW.

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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